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Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013

  • Cregg House, HSE, Ballincar, Sligo
  • 9.30 Registration, Event 10 - 12.45
  • 13 Dec 2013
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Price €5 members/ €10 non-members

Dr Mary Keys, Department of Law, NUI Galway will present this morning seminar on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013

The presentation will be available on this website page in advance of the seminar to facilitate participants to print a copy as handouts will not be available on the day. 


This long overdue legislation will replace the Ward of Court system and provide very welcome mechanisms to assist persons whose capacity may be in question to make decisions. It provides mechanisms for decision making by third parties where a person is deemed not to have capacity. This will be based on the functional assessment of capacity and must accord with the principles outlined in the proposed law. Clarification may be needed on a number of these matters as well as, the potentially extensive role of the informal decision maker and the safeguards for the deprivation of liberty and other human rights in various residential care settings. The law on enduring powers of attorney will be reformed.

 9.30    Registration, tea & coffee
10.00   The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Bill
11.00     tea & coffee
11.15   The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Bill ctd…..
12.15   Q&A
12.45   Close


2 CPD points have been awarded for this event

Mary Keys Ph.D. is a lecturer in the School of Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway  specialising  in  mental health law and human rights.  She is a founding member of the Centre for Disability, Law and Policy at the University. A former mental health social worker, she was  appointed  to  the  Mental  Health  Commission  in  2007  as representative of the public interest and was reappointed in 2012 for a further five year period. She is involved in an advisory capacity with a number of organisations including Jigsaw Galway and the College of Psychiatry of Ireland.

The seminar has been organised in co-operation with the HSE West Disability Service (Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan)